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All-Inclusive Resorts in Brazil

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Updated on June 11, 2011

Brazil has fully entered the all-inclusive scene, with few but outstanding all-inclusive resorts in some of the country's most attractive locations. However, travelers must be aware that the all-inclusive market in Brazil is subject to changes - while a resort may be adopting the system, another may be opting out. Check for updates with your travel agent, the resorts themselves or a Brazilian travel company specialized in resorts such as Turnet Turismo - Resorts Online.

 

1. Vila Galé Cumbuco

The winds of Ceará beaches and water sports are the theme at < a href="http://www.vilagale.pt/pages/hoteis/?hotel=26">Vila Galé Cumbuco, opened in late 2010 and by now established as a top all-inclusive beach resort in Brazil.

With 465 guest rooms, the resort is a fantastic choice both for family travel and romance in Brazil. Bungalows allow for privacy; on the other hand, some bungalows can be booked together to accommodate larger groups.

What Makes it Special:

  • The location on paradisiacal Cumbuco Beach
  • The Satsanga Spa
  • Nep Kids' Club and facilities for families with babies
  • Five restaurants, four bars and a disco
  • Scenic, large pool surrounded by coconut trees
  • Tours of nearby sand dunes

2. Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort - Governador Celso Ramos, SC

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

Brazil's southernmost all-inclusive resort, Ponta dos Ganchos also defines itself as exclusive: a luxury haven for guests 18 and over, who enjoy a paradisiac chunk of the Santa Catarina coast while staying in one of 20 comfortable bungalows. One of the most romantic getaways in Brazil, the resort has won several awards, including two consecutive Condé Nast Johansen (2007-2008).

What Makes it Special:

  • Luxury bungalows with an ocean view and harmoniously integrated with nature 
  • Fine cuisine by chef Andre Tavares, with chef Laurent Suaudeau as a consultant until 2012
  • An island with a gazebo for private candlelit dinners (extra)
  • Massage tents and Christian Dior spa treatments (also extra).

3. Costão do Santinho - Florianópolis, SC

Located on a pristine beach at the northernmost tip of Santa Catarina Island, about 22 miles from the center of Florianópolis, Costão do Santinho has been locally awarded Best Beach Resort in Brazil six times in a row.

Their all-inclusive packages are grouped under the name VIP Inclusive and comprise specific upgrades and services depending on the apartment.

What Makes it Special:

  • Commitment to the preservation of a private natural heritage reservation and archaeological sites
  • Fantastic trekking
  • Scuba diving
  • The Costão Spa, with a wealth of therapies (day spa available)
  • Shows and dances
  • A golf course (www.costaogolfclub.com.br) less than three miles away
  • State-of-the-art sports infrastructure
  • Monitored activities and entertainment for kids

4. Breezes Resort & Spa - Búzios, RJ

Opened in 2010, Breezes Búzios has added SuperClubs size, diversity and services to the world of Búzios hotels.

Located on Tucuns, an attractive beach with clear waters, the resort has 329 guest rooms.

What Makes it Special:

  • Breezes' Super-Inclusive system, covering entertainment and gratuities
  • Great bungalows for couples, with direct access to pool
  • Five restaurants and bars
  • Amenities for kids of all ages, including skateboarding bowl with design by Sandro Dias (aka Mineirinho), a Brazilian skateboarding champion

Review of Breezes Resort & Spa - Búzios

 

5. Vila Galé Eco Resort de Angra - Angra dos Reis, RJ

Located about 94 miles from Rio on the exuberant Green Coast of Rio de Janeiro State, the Vila Galé Eco Resort de Angra (formerly the )Blue Tree Park Eco Resort is surrounded by forest, bays and islands - Angra dos Reis is known for having an island for each day of the year.

What Makes it Special:

  • Kid-friendly environment with monitors for children 4 years and older (or younger ones if accompanied by an adult
  • Four restaurants (including one for kids) and four bars
  • The Satsanga Spa
  • Landscaping includes 77 royal palm trees
  • Nautical sports
  • Canopy walking
  • Angra dos Reis is one of the top diving destinations in Brazil.

6. Club Med Rio das Pedras - Mangaratiba, RJ

Less than 80 miles away from Rio de Janeiro, Club Med in Mangaratiba has everything that has made the brand a favorite with families: a wonderful beach, upbeat monitors who keep kids busy while the parents relax, great activities for all ages, special programs for teens, a welcome care package for babies.


What Makes it Special:

  • Archery classes
  • Lush Brazilian coastal range vegetation
  • Great optional excursions

7. Club Med Itaparica - Itaparica Island, BA

The first Club Med location in Brazil has stepped into the all-inclusive system with the confidence of a classic. Three restaurants, two swimming pools, and 330 apartments are some of the facilities tucked amidst one of the most beautiful coconut groves in Brazil.

What Makes it Special:

  • Privileged location on Itaparica Island, less than 10 miles away from Salvador, Bahia
  • Softly-lit gardens at night
  • A golf course.

8. Club Med Trancoso - Trancoso, BA

Club Med offers 250 rooms - all in bungalows - at its Trancoso Village in Bahia.

What Makes it Special:

  • Location atop a cliff with a spectacular ocean view
  • Yoga and Tai Chi lessons
  • Cooking lessons
  • Golf (optional extra)
  • Day trips to nearby attractions (paid extra) include nearby Praia do Espelho, or Mirror Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil.
  • Trancoso, a charming village with a population under 6,000, has an array of handicraft shops and great live music, especially in the summer, when Elba Ramalho, a famous Brazilian singer who lives in the area, organizes shows in the village center - the Quadrado, or Square, which is closed to cars.

 

9. Costa do Sauipe - Bahia

Photo courtesy of Costa do Sauipe

Costa do Sauipe, on Bahia's Coconut Tree Coast north of Salvador, is home to this group of resorts with a village, a kids' park, several pools and sports clubs.

What Makes it Special:

  • Scenic location
  • Perks shared by all the resorts, such as the village, sports centers and kids' club 
  • A golf course
  • Some rooms are interconnected to better accommodate families and groups

 

10. Iberostar - Praia do Forte, BA

With 630 apartments and five swimming pools, Spanish Iberostar has a steady flow of travelers coming back to Bahia every year. Located 55 miles from Salvador, the resort is a favorite with Spanish families.

What Makes it Special:

  • Sustainable tourism initiatives
  • Drinks are really all-inclusive
  • P. B. Dye-designed golf course
  • Praia do Forte - Miles of coconut groves with their tops gently rustling in the breeze, warm waters, one of the Projeto Tamar sea turtle conservation units and a sweeping view of the surroundings from the ruins of the fort that give the beach its name make Praia do Forte a tropical dream.

 

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